|entering a little bit of paradise... my friend's place at Byron Bay|
|is this not the most perfect daybed... summer .... winter?|
|I'll be back!|
I had two very wet but delightful days in Byron with friends ... then tootled south to Grafton on the Clarence river, stopping briefly in Yamba, a beach I used to love spending time at. A visit to the Gallery there was most rewarding with a large show by artist g w bot:
Current Exhibitions - 15 December - 23 January
g w bot: the long paddock a 30 year studyRead More...
port of yamba historical society: jt pearson's marine watercoloursRead More...
|from an exhibit at the Grafton Regional Gallery - note where these were found - |
in a suitcase - under a bed?...Yamba was my absolute fav childhood beach!
Visiting Upper Copmanhurst meant a half hour drive through familiar country to arrive at the farm and see this amazing colour green everywhere ...this county can get a bit dry looking from memory ...but far from it this time round!
|Whilst in Grafton I visited a cousin who lives 30 mins north west of the town which is incidently under water at the moment. There was a lot of low-lying water on Sunday when I was there... Loved these views from their verandah!|
|crops are planted between this stream ( which is only there when its quite wet!) and the far line of trees before the hills.|
|after our visit the rain fell heavily for a couple of days...|
|leading to this|
|and this! The crops are under in parts and it will be a few days before damage is clear.|
And then back home...
... today I took my new bike out for a ride ... at last ... the sun decided to shine again. I rode to the river which was not yet spilling over its banks at Racecourse Rd.
There was an exceedingly eerie atmosphere in the city today...some of course considerably anxious due to personal circumstances ... waiting, watching ... for the river to rise and break its banks, wreak havoc and then the reckoning that comes with that and the clean up. Its strange to comprehend! People were either fully engaged in preparations to protect property, or evacuating ...or if like me ...living where its quite safe ... then trying to burn up nervous energy somehow, not feeling terribly useful ... feeling to unsettled to do very much of value at all!
|my belated christmas present to myself|
|The river had to rise perhaps 1.5m to rise to break its banks here... |
unlike upriver which had been flooding suburbs along the way.
You can see the city buildings in the distance in the centre of this image.
|A catamaran that had lost its moorings was being swept along in the very fast current ... with a heavy-looking pontoon coming up its rear. the river was chaotic... so much stuff coming downstream... it had drawn quite a crowd this morning!|
Thank you to people who have left kind messages of concern and good wishes. Its quite humbling... I'm safe so it feels a little embarrasing to be receiving such care when others are dealing with devastation and loss... we're hoping that people have made their way to safety by the time the river is said to peak at 4am. Its going to be a terrifying night for some. Im still thinking of friends I need to email to see how they are going.
However ... the warmth of connection from so many is treasured ...it reminds one that the world can be a most a hospitable and caring place!